Adolescent Counselling

Counselling support Hope's Field
Young Adolescent Hopes Field Counselling

Welcome to Hope’s Field Counselling services for adolescents seeking support. Support would be provided to you as a young adult, by meeting your needs through counselling and psychotherapy.  Noelle Neylon-Walsh is the counselor and psychotherapist providing this service.  Noelle works out of two locations, Kildare town and Naas.

Click on the About Page of this website for Noelle's professional profile.

Why do young people come to Counselling & Psychotherapy?

From time to time young adults encounter difficulties in their personal lives that cause emotional distress. Consequently, they are in need of support to help them cope. While talking to friends and family can help,  who do you talk to when these supports are not available; or the issue in need of discussion may be too difficult or embarrassing to discuss with them? Sometimes we just don’t know how to figure it all out ! In these situations it can help to talk to a trusted counsellor or psychotherapist.

Counselling and psychotherapy can help guide and support you to explore the issues and find new ways of coping to help you deal with your emotions more easily. It can also help you develop skills to manage relationships and conflicts. These skills are the building blocks for your future.  Early interventions are key in addressing situations that cause us ongoing distress, so that harmful coping strategies do not become embedded.

What can you expect?

The outcomes for you in engaging in counselling and psychotherapy can result in a reduction in your anxiety levels,            a raised sense of confidence and self-esteem, a change in behavior because you want to do things differently and  improved relationships with your family and friends.

How long does Therapy take?

Some young people will respond to a short-term intervention. However, when problems have persisted for a long time or are complicated, a longer term may be required. Sessions are usually once a week, on the same day, at the same time and in the same place because consistency is crucial for developing a trusting relationship. Unplanned or missed sessions may disrupt the progress of the work. The following outlines are a brief description of some of the issues that young people have come to me for support:  

Behavioral & Emotional Issues

Peer & Family Relationship

Self-Harm

School Problems

Anxiety Problems

Suicidal Ideation

Bullying or being Bullied

Sexuality

Bereavement

Is what we talk about confidential?

Everything discussed in counselling and psychotherapy is confidential to you and your therapist. Under General Data Protection Regulation guidelines your personal information is confidential to you. Only in exceptional circumstances,  such as maintaining your immediate safety, do I consider breaking a confidence. This will be discussed when we meet for the first time. If you have any worries, about the sharing of your personal information, I would encourage you to bring this to my attention so that you can feel safe and secure when talking to me.  If you are reading this information and are under 18 years old, what will be talked about is confidential to you and me. However, please note that I need the consent of your parent(s) to attend counselling before you begin meeting with me one-on-one.  It may be helpful to show this page to a parent or trustworthy adult to let them know you have been struggling. If you feel in need of help and support you could ask your parents or a trusted adult to contact me by phone, by text message, by email or by contacting me via the contact form on this website. If you include your mobile number I will make every effort to contact you as soon as possible. Contacting me by mobile phone or text is the most reliable way of keeping your personal information private and confidential.

If you have never attended counselling before, then it is very normal to feel a bit scared at the idea of talking to a stranger. This can be discussed when I first meet you. At your request (and with your parent’s consent), I can send you information to help you understand what to expect when coming to counselling.  If you are reading this section as the parent of a young adult in need of support please contact me as outlined above so that I can provide you with further relevant information.

Please note that Internet service providers may sometimes be able to view information input by phone users into online formats (text messages, email messages or information on contact forms).  So it is important that, in taking those first steps to accessing the professional support you need that, you consider carefully the detail of the information written in emails, phone texts and contact forms sent to me.